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- Week 16 -
Click to hear Duane walk you through chord suspensions
Suspensions are chords in which the 4th degree of the scale takes the place of the 3rd degree -- usually temporarily, but not always. For example, a Csus would look like this:
Fsus would look like this:
Gsus would look like this:
If we had a 7th chord that was suspended, such as G7sus, it would look like this:
So F7sus would look like this:
And C7sus would look like this:
It's just that easy. Replace the 3rd of the chord with the 4th, and you've got it! That's all there is to it.
Here's how these same chords look when notated:
Next time we'll investigate altered chords. See you then.
Meanwhile, be sure to review all the previous lessons -- from major triads to 13ths.
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